As expected, Turbolinux has announced plans to acquire service company Linuxcare for an undisclosed sum.
The merged company, which will keep the Turbolinux name, will combined Turbolinux's Linux distribution for clusters, and Linuxcare's global services for Linux platforms.
Some analysts believe the acquisition is a footnote to the consolidation frenzy taking place in the Linux market. Stacey Quandt, an analyst at Giga Information Group, said: "This consolidation will have several effects, including increased pressure on companies like Turbolinux to pursue a bifurcated strategy."
"The challenge for Turbolinux is to reinvent itself into a product and services company without taking Red Hat on directly until it has successfully navigated this transition," she added.
IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky believes the acquisition is a good fit. "Putting together the system software products of Turbolinux with the technical expertise of Linuxcare will strengthen their abilities to deliver complete business solutions," he explained.
Turbolinux president and chief executive Paul Thomas will head up the merged company, while Linuxcare co-founder and chief executive Arthur Tyde will become chief technology officer.
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